Dogs The Best Dog Breeds for Families  

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Everyone has their favorite dog breed, but what's the best breed to bring into your home if you have kids? Of course, the very best thing you can do is adopt a dog, making sure that the animal is good with kids beforehand. But if you have your heart set on a particular breed, there are definitely some dogs that are better in families than others. Vote your favorite kid-friendly breed up and add any you see missing. While you're at it, take a look at those sometimes considered to be more dangerous dog breeds.

The coolest dog breeds for families aren't always the best ones as they're not always the most "Pinteresting" or "Instagramable" breeds, but that's for a reason. You need a safe breed that's easy to take care of that you can count on anyone taking care of. That's why we used part of the the top 10 dogs for children to build this list, because it should include dogs that any part of the family should be able to care for. 

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1
7,499 2,965
Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Golden Retriever This dog has been the #1 family dog for decades. They are patient, good-tempered and loving. They are easy to train and people-lovers to the extreme. These dogs get big, tho... up to 80lbs, and they have a lot of hair. They are also dogs that need plenty of exercise.

2
9,196 2,129
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

3
6,553 2,553
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added

4
3,828 2,509
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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5
4,724 2,107
Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

6
3,816 2,172
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

7
4,423 2,559
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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8
4,520 2,124
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

9
4,153 1,937
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added

10
7,689 2,590
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
cubbybear2005 added

11
4,053 1,838
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Uzoamaka Obasi added

12
2,575 2,162
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Randolph Strauss added

13
2,566 1,830
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeteBoyle added

14
3,132 1,423
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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15
2,569 1,574
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

16
2,172 1,637
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added

17
2,144 1,412
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

18
3,630 1,940
Rottweiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
dubier added Rottweiller

19
2,867 1,470
English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
SHEBANDIT added

20
1,576 1,319
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Blowfish added

21
3,031 1,588
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added

22
1,860 1,927
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Beautiful loyal dog
 

23
1,674 1,421
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MangoStarkey added

24
1,851 943
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added

25
1,628 1,110
German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
slantsix added If a Vizsla had brains it would be a GSP.

26
2,048 1,481
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MikeHatfill added

27
2,219 1,211
American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
gamedemon24 added Loyal, friendly, happy, although not overly intelligent.

28
4,462 1,777
Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Pit Bull Terrier The sad story of this breed should not deter you from bringing it into your family. Like any dog on this list, or any dog anywhere, ever - these animals can be mistreated and taught to do bad things. I would have put this dog much higher on the list, but for the fact that people mistrust it. Don't. This dog was known for a century as the "Nanny Dog" because of how people-centric it is. You only have to meet one Bull Terrier to know how happy and thrilled they are to be around people. They must be socialized properly with other dogs (just like all the dogs on this list) but they will always be about their family first. They are highly energetic and not great for very young children (they would just knock them over in their enthusiasm) unless they are already mature animals. I have two kids and two pits, and there have never been better, more awesome dogs. They both let my kids do unspeakable things to them with the patience of saints.

29
1,920 915
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added

30
1,528 1,585
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Uzoamaka Obasi added

31
1,740 1,442
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MärkjaKlumpfiskur added

32
1,653 895
Basenji, Bullmastiff, Shetland... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

33
1,164 941
Belgian Shepherd Malinois is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
mikadecleen added

34
1,938 1,276
Doberman Pinscher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Lady Wretch added The Most Amazing, Sweet, Strong, Smart and Loving creatures on this earth!

35
1,041 880
Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
but chickens double d added

36
1,864 1,388
Pug is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
IanT.Sebas added

37
1,137 918
Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
CraigNykiel added Vizsla Devoted, great with kids, athletic and regal

38
1,340 1,194
Bichon Frise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Bichon Frise This is a sweet, loving, happy dog - but needs older kids as it tends not to deal well with very little children poking and pulling on it. The size of this dog makes it suitable for families in small living spaces, and while it needs exercise like any dog it doesn't needs the high levels that the working dogs require. Note that, like many of these small, white-haired breeds, it is prone to skin problems and requires daily brushing.

39
1,248 1,354
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Sweet docile dog
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40
1,241 733
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Alaina Hillman added Golden retriever/poodle mix.

41
1,076 1,050
Riky Maltese is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added

42
989 894
Irish Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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43
886 821
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
liriodendron added Leonberger

44
1,041 901
Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
ravinggill added

45
846 834
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Martydvm added Shetland Sheepdog

46
1,355 1,132
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added

47
859 700
Olde English Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeterLynnWestre added Olde English Bulldog

48
714 976
Standard Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

49
594 419
Staffordshire Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Julie Reynolds added

50
742 890
Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Uzoamaka Obasi added